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June 2011 Cancer Center Bulletin


I’d like to remind you again that the Stanford Cancer Center has changed its name to the Stanford Cancer Institute.  The change conveys the Institute’s involvement in the full span of cancer-related activities occurring at Stanford University, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  You will still see some publications and communications products using the old name, but we hope to have the transition completed by July.  

One new initiative is a (more) comprehensive Stanford cancer calendar.  We are trying to identify all cancer related seminars and events occurring at Stanford and put them in a single calendar.  There is a link on our home page and the calendar can be found at  If you would like to add events to the calendar please notify us at

Last Saturday the Canary Center hosted the Canary Century Bike Event.  More than 300 riders participated in rides of 50km, 100km, and 100 miles.  The event raised over $400,000 for the Stanford Cancer Institute.  The next Canary Century will take place in September 2012.





June 9 event with Anna Deavere Smith

Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will make a visit to the School of Medicine on June 9. The event, which is being sponsored by the medical school and the Stanford Cancer Institute, will take place in the Paul and Mildred Berg Hall of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

A former professor of the arts at Stanford, Smith will perform excerpts from her acclaimed, one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, which is on national tour and will be playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre May 28-July 10. The play brings to light questions about the human body, the resilience of the human spirit and the cost of health care. During the eight-year development of this project, Smith interviewed hundreds of subjects, including Philip Pizzo, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, whom she portrays on stage.


2011 Developmental Cancer Research Awards (DCRA) proposals were due at the end of May and the number of proposals submitted increased significantly from the prior year. A total of 50 proposals were received for the 1-year funding opportunities in the areas of Interactive Projects, Population Science and Translational Research.  Unfortunately we will only be able to fund a portion of these.

A Cancer Institute DCRA committee will review the proposals and the selected applicant notifications will be completed by June 21, 2011.  Funding for the awards will be available September 1, 2011, pending verification of IRB, SRC and APLAC approvals. Please contact Denise Baughman ( for any DCRA related questions.

The Jimmy V foundation for Cancer Research has invited the Stanford Cancer Institute to nominate a junior faculty member for the V Foundation Scholar Award. Each grant will total $200,000, and is given in two yearly installments. This grant has a zero indirect cost policy, and funds are to be used to offset the direct costs of the research project. The grant is designed to identify, retain and further the careers of talented young investigators. Te grant provides funds directly to young scientists who are developing their own independent laboratory research projects. These grants enable talented young scientists to establish their laboratories and gain a competitive edge necessary to earn additional funding from other sources. The V Scholars determine how to best use the funds in their research projects.

As noted in a message distributed in March, 2011, Dr. Beverly Mitchell encouraged any interested investigator to submit a one page letter, describing your research project to Denise Baughman ( by Monday, June 6, 2011 . A small committee will decide which proposal should go forward based on merit and we will notify everyone within 5 days of making the final decision. 


Jean Tang assistant professor of dermatology has received a Clinical Investigator award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.  The award is for 3 years and provides $150,000 for each year of the award.  Jean’s project is titled, "Mechanisms of acquired resistance to Hedgehog pathway inhibitors in basal cell carcinomas"


Quynh-Thu Le, professor of radiology, was recently inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). Recognition as a fellow is one of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist. ACR fellows demonstrate a history of service to the college, organized radiology, teaching or research.

Le, who is also associated with Bio-X and with the Cancer Institute, focuses her research on the identification of biomarkers for prognosis in patients with head, neck or lung cancers.


Ash Alizadeh, assistant professor (acting) divisions of oncology & hematology has received a Doris Duke Clinician Scientist Development Award.  His proposal was titled, “Genomic Approaches for Targeting Risk in Hematological Malignancies.”  The idea is to develop methods based on genome-wide differential gene expression that will allow therapeutic risk stratification for common hematological cancers using a small number of genes.   The award is for 3 years at $150,000/year.



Med Grand Rounds: Mind Matters in Cancer Survival: David Spiegel, M.D.
June 8, 2011 (Wed.) | 8:00 – 9:00 am |
LKSC, Berg Hall, B&C conf room
Contact: Pornprang Plangsrisakul | 721-1166 |

Biomedical Informatics Res Sp Colloq: “Integrative approaches to investigate the molecular basis of diseases and adverse drug reactions”
June 9, 2011 (Thurs.) | 12:15 – 1:15 pm|
BMIR Conference Room (MSOB X-275)

Anna Deavere Smith Performance
June 9, 2011 (Thurs.) | 1:00 – 2:30 pm|
LKSC, Paul and Mildred Berg Hall

Breast Cancer Grand Rounds: Molecular Ultrasound for Early Breast Cancer Detection: Dr. Juergen K. Willmann, Asst. Professor of Radiology
June 10, 2011 (Fri.) | 2:30 – 3:20 pm |
Cancer Center, CC2103
Contact: Jaclyn Salonga | 1-2418 |

Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds, M & M and Resident Lectures -
"April Oncology & May Obstetrics"

June 13, 2011 (Mon.) | 7:30 – 8:30 am |
ALWAY Building, Room M112

Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds, M & M and Resident Lectures,
Resident Lectures- "Chemotherapy"

June 13, 2011 (Mon.) | 9:30 – 10:30 am |
ALWAY Building, Room M112

Cancer Education Seminar Series – “Plasma Cell Dyscrasias”
June 14, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

“Early Detection of Skin Cancer”; Heyjun Ra, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Contag Lab
June 16, 2011 (Thurs.)
Seminar - 4:30 - 5:15 pm
Discussion -  5:15 - 5:30 pm
Clark Auditorium

"Updates on Melanoma"- David Peng, M.D.
June 16, 2011 (Thurs.) |7:00 – 8:00 pm |
Oshman Family Jewish Community Ctr., 3921 Fabian Way,
Room G106, Palo Alto

Cancer Education Seminar Series – "Acute Leukemia at Stanford:
5 years later"
June 21, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

"Saving Your Skin: Advances in Sustaining and Restoring Skin Health" with Paul Khavari, MD/PhD, Susan Swetter MD and Jean Tang MD/PhD 
RSVP by  JUNE 17th | Kim Armstrong @ 650.721.6940 |
June 23, 2011 (Thurs.) | Reception - 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Lecture - 7:00 – 8:00 pm |
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall,
326 Galvez Street, Stanford

“A Rigorous Framework for Multiscale Simulation of Stochastic Cellular Networks “ Hana El-Samad, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF
June 24, 2011 (Fri.) |11:00 – 12:00 noon |
Li Ka Shing Center, Room LK120

Cancer Education Seminar Series  "JAK Inhibitors in MPNs: Hype and Reality”, Jason Gotlib, M.D.
June 28, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

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